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Bornstein, Daniel E.: The Bianchi of 1399. Popular Devotion in Late Medieval Italy. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1993. First edition. 8vo., pp. xii, 232. Cloth, gilt-lettered, edges slightly dusted.   Ref: 39535 
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Boswell, James: An Account of Corsica, the Journal of a Tour to that Island; and Memoirs of Pascal Paoli. Illustrated with a new and accurate map of Corsica. Glasgow: printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis for Edward and Charles Dilly, London, 1768. First edition. 8vo., pp. xxi, [iii], 382 + folding map (2nd state). Engraved vignette to title. Occasional very light offsetting, a few spots and smudges with p.1 a little foxed, map with repaired tear near gutter but no loss. Contemporary brown calf boards rebacked neatly but in a much lighter mustard shade, raised bands gilt ruled, burgundy and green morocco labels, plain double filet gilt borders, armorial gilt centrepiece of Londonderry Public Library to upper board. Rubbed, corners bumped particularly the top fore-edge corner of the upper board, endpapers a little toned at edges. A good, sound copy. Old MS library code to ffep verso. A number of variants exist, but in this copy: D2 is in its first state with 'John Home' after the first quotation; E2 and Z3 are cancels (with the correct spelling of Mariani on p.357 and 'Is-' at the end of line 11 on p.67); the last words of line 6, p.93 are "prince of" rather than the misspelling "prince fo"; line 18, p.296 are ends "of my own" rather than "my own of". First edition copy of Boswell's first substantial work, which was published in February of 1768. 'His meetings with Rousseau inspired Boswell to make a bold journey to Corsica [in 1764-5] to meet General Pasquale Paoli, leader of the insurgents seeking the island's independence from the Genoese [...] After a difficult inland journey he met and had conversations (22 to 27 October) in Sollacarò with Paoli, who at first suspected he was a spy, but who quickly came to like his improbable young visitor, saw an opportunity for promotion of the Corsican cause in Britain, and consented to a series of interviews. Boswell's trip was both arduous and dangerous. He suffered painfully from ingrowing toenails, the result of trudging long distances in inadequate boots, and he contracted malaria, but the experience none the less exhilarated him. He remarked in 1783: 'I had got upon a rock in Corsica and jumped into the middle of life' (Boswelliana, 328). [...] With its reports of the gallant islanders and a Plutarchan depiction of Paoli paralleled with several classical heroes, [An Account of Corsica] was an immediate success. The work was widely read and translated, stimulated great interest in Paoli and the Corsican cause, brought its author wide fame in Britain and Europe, and found an interested readership among the Americans. It attracted the notice of the French government (which had a translation made), and though Boswell's ambition for British intervention was not to be fulfilled, he probably influenced Britain's decision to send secret supplies of arms to the Corsicans.' (ODNB) ESTC T26157; Gaskell 473   Ref: 52306 
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Boxhorn, Marc Zuerius: (Hartnack, Daniel, ed.:) Chronologia praecipuorum universi orbis imperiorum, regnorum, principatuum, rerumque, publicarum ortus, mutationes, atque occasus designans. Edita atque plurimis additionibus & continuatione usque in praesentem annum aucta a Daniele Hartnaccio [...] Budissae [Budissina]: impensis Friderici Arnstii, typis Johannis Rudolphi Leonis, 1688. Folio, pp. [iv], 251, [i] + 4 folding tables at rear. Title-page in red and black, a few woodcut ornaments. Lightly toned with occasional light foxing, title-page more heavily affected. Some paper repairs to the back of each plate, mostly to edges and attachments, plus a little foxing. Contemporary vellum, edges sprinkled blue. Vellum a bit grubby with a few spots and smudges, a little light foxing to endpapers and their hinges reinforced. A very good copy. To ffep, inscription of Ant. Johnson; to title-page, ex libris inscription possibly in the name of Grosvenor, dated April 26th 1805. Boxhorn (1612-1653), a politician and linguist, was in 1648 successor to Daniel Heinsius as Professor of History at the university of Leiden. Chronologia consists mainly of three-column tables showing important events in both world and church history set next to the reigning monarch of the time.   Ref: 52222 
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(Brewer, J.S.; Martin, Charles Trice, eds.:) Registrum Malmesburiense. The Register of Malmesbury Abbey; Preserved in the Public Record Office. London; Oxford; Cambridge; Edinburgh, Dublin: Longman & Co., Trubner & Co. et al, 1879. 2 vols. (not uniform), pp. 4, xvii, [iii], 517, [iii], 32, [ii]; 4, lxxxviii, [ii], 495, [i], 30, [ii]. Includes publisher's catalogue at rear of each volume. A little toned, some foxing, occasional marginal annotations. Vol. I in dark green cloth backed with brown sheep, gilt title to spine; spine very worn, upper board a little shaken, top edge dusty. Vol. II. in recent brown library cloth, gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed, cloth hinges. Vol. II trimmed and therefore a little smaller than vol. I. Good working copies. Burton-upon-Trent Public Library bookplates to front endpapers. To ffep, ownership inscription of the medievalist C.R. Cheney. Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores, or Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland During the Middle Ages series.   Ref: 52170 
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Brewster, Harry: The River Gods of Greece: Myths and Mountain Waters in the Hellenic World. London: I.B. Tauris, 1997. First edition. 4to., 252 x 196 mm., pp. x, 116 + plates. Blue cloth, gilt-lettered, fine. Dust-jacket with light shelf-wear, very good. Many colour photographs. Preface by Peter Levi.   Ref: 53033 
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Burton, Janet E. (ed.): English Episcopal Acta V: York, 1070-1154. Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 1988. 8vo., pp. li, 152 + 4 plates. Red cloth, gilt, a little bumped at board top edges and corners, a few minor marks. Very good.   Ref: 42447 
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Burton, William: A Commentary on Antoninus his Itinerary, or Journies of the Romane Empire, so far as it Concerneth Britain [...] London: printed by Tho. Roycroft (for) Henry Twyford, and T. Twyford, 1658. Small folio (285 x 190mm), pp. [xx], 266, [vi] + 2 plates: portrait frontispiece (by Hollar) and double-page map. Lacking single-leaf 'Preface to the Reader' (but see below). Title-page in red and black, woodcut initials, illustrations in the text, errata to final leaf verso. Small burn-hole to pp.33-4 just touching a few letters, pp. 141-2 creased during binding, very occasional spotting and a few slight smudges, front and rear blanks darkened at edges. Contemporary calf, gilt-ruled panels with various mottled effects, all edges gilt, rebacked with dark brown morocco, original spine label retained. Spine rubbed, a few chips, inner hinges relined with tape, marbled front pastedown but no marbled flyleaf. Armorial bookplate of Robert N. Pemberton and bookplate of T.H. Ellison to front pastedown. Underneath the Pemberton plate a piece of paper crossed through in ink, possibly patching a removed third bookplate. Latin annotation in an old hand to preliminary blank. ESTC calls for 22 pages of preliminaries but a number of copies, including those in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle and others in libraries and sale records, have only 20 pages, being without the single-leaf 'Preface to the Reader'. This leaf, a singleton signed 'a', may have been more frequently omitted because the 'Catalogue of Authors' which would follow it is also signed 'a'. William Burton (1609-1657) is sometimes confused with another of the same name, the younger brother of Robert Burton and author of 'The Description of Leicestershire', but this Burton was more adept at philology. He died of palsy shortly before the completion of this work. ESTC R6432; Wing B6185   Ref: 49120 
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Catling, R.W.V & Marchand, F., eds.; Sasanow, M., asst.: Onomatologos. Studies in Greek Personal Names presented to Elaine Matthews. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2010. First edition. 4to., pp. xxxiv, 681. Laminated boards, corners bumped, one slightly fraying, edges lightly dusted, some shelf wear, very good.   Ref: 51924 
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Catling, R.W.V & Marchand, F., eds.; Sasanow, M., asst.: Onomatologos. Studies in Greek Personal Names, Presented to Elaine Matthews. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2010. First edition. 4to., pp. xxxiv, 681. Laminated boards, corners bumped, one slightly fraying, edges lightly dusted with small smudge to bottom, some shelf wear, very good.   Ref: 51925 
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(Catullus) Sisson, C.H. trans.: Catullus. London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1966. 8vo., pp. 93, [i]. Faux-vellum boards, gilt titles to spine and upper. Spine and board edges lightly toned, still very good. First edition of this translation.   Ref: 51562 
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